ACC is negotiating with strength and simply since the Chik filet dumped the ACC so what. IF YOU GUYS DONT KNOW THE ACC IS GOVERN MY THE PRESIDENT's and they voted SEVERAL years ago, that it is the policy of of ACC that if you are runner up in a top tier bowl, no school will be bumped up. This is why ACC partnered next year with the big bucks from the Champs versus other bowls for the second team after the Orange and/or tourney series. Champs didn't care. Outback wanted to pull who they wanted (ie. if avg clemson with all their fans bumps a 11-1 Duke team for example. SImply ACC is not going to stand for it.
Now with their Rights agreement and projected revenue from the proposed network and other sources; acc would rather have them say no thank you; and frankly ACC and Chik Filet are memories, they have their sights on top tier teams from the topped ranked teams. (remember Gator was that way with the Big east/ACC and there was a divorce and next year Gator and ACC are backed. interesting.
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